[Sugar-devel] PyGame can be run only once assertion error

James Cameron quozl at laptop.org
Mon Sep 30 17:50:52 EDT 2013

On Mon, Sep 30, 2013 at 04:24:52PM -0300, Manuel Quiñones wrote:
> 2013/9/30 Alan Jhonn Aguiar Schwyn <alanjas at hotmail.com>:
> > Good job!
> >
> > I have one question about other thing:
> >
> > Check this request:
> >
> > http://git.sugarlabs.org/sugargame/mainline/merge_requests/1#db3f934e9aea80f9effc98ba68516d69e7856a81-db3f934e9aea80f9effc98ba68516d69e7856a81
> Looks good, I will rebase it (we use GTK3 now) and push.
> > That fixes something? Because sometimes I get in the activities log
> > something like this:
> >
> > The error was 'BadDrawable (invalid Pixmap or Window parameter)'.
> >   (Details: serial 953 error_code 9 request_code 130 minor_code 3)
> >   (Note to programmers: normally, X errors are reported asynchronously;
> >    that is, you will receive the error a while after causing it.
> >    To debug your program, run it with the --sync command line
> >    option to change this behavior. You can then get a meaningful
> >    backtrace from your debugger if you break on the gdk_x_error() function.)
> I don't think that this error is a consequence of not connecting the
> visibility_notify_event or screen-changed event.  Looks more a
> consequence of embedding the PyGame display in a GTK window, which
> according to the PyGame documentation has side effects:
> http://www.pygame.org/docs/ref/display.html#pygame.display.init
> "Be aware that there can be many strange side effects when running in
> an embedded display."

Hmm, I doubt this error would be part of what they are talking about

The error means that the X server has received a request to draw, but
the request mentions a Pixmap or Window parameter that the X server
doesn't know about.  It almost always means a programming error of
some sort, by the program sending the X requests; which in this case
will be either SDL or GTK.

Not finding the cause of this error could lead to problems later on.

I would first check to see exactly when the error appears in the
activity log (using tail --follow).

Then I would discover if the error occurs when the Pygame program is
run without sugargames.

Then I would remove actions that cause drawing until the error stops,
in order to learn what action is causing the error.

I speculate that the error might be part of the activity quit
sequence, which may need refining.

James Cameron

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